Unique in mission, The Print Center is one of Philadelphia’s most respected nonprofit arts organizations. Founded in 1915, for over 100 years The Print Center has provided its local, national and international audiences with the most exciting developments in print, from its historic carriage house in Rittenhouse Square. The Print Center has an international outlook and a strong sense of local purpose.
The Benefit Auction is the important fundraising event of the year for the organization, and aims to raise over $60,000 in support of its outstanding exhibitions of contemporary work by local, national and international artists, discursive educational events and publications. Programs are designed to be intimate, explorative and focused creatively and ambitiously on issues of artistic practice related to contemporary print. Many established collectors began their adventures in collecting at the Benefit Auction, which features works from established international masters like Jasper Johns and James Siena, nationally recognized artists such as Odili Donald Odita and Rodrigo Valenzuela, to renowned Philadelphia artists such as and David Graham and Sarah McEneaney. It is also an exceptional opportunity to collect the work of emerging artists! We are very pleased to have the Jacob Lewis, the insightful President of Pace Prints, NY as the Honorary Guest Curator.
This year the Benefit is held in tribute one of Philadelphia’s most significant collectors, Robert J. Morrison. Morrison, whose outstanding collection of Pop Art prints and other treasures was auctioned this fall at Freeman’s was a committed and active member of The Print Center’s Board of Governors. He began his relationship with The Print Center shortly after his arrival in Philadelphia in the 1970s, and hailed it as an unique resource, offering challenging exhibitions, compelling artist talks, auctions and receptions; providing an emotional and social home for artists and collectors, and a platform for personal growth and free exploration.
Founded as The Print Club in 1915 by artists and collectors, today The Print Center is a locally significant and internationally respected gallery, as well as an integral community arts service and advocacy organization. The Print Center is a valuable resource, known for recognizing and supporting emerging and established artists; developing unusual and intriguing programs that attract a wide audience; and making art accessible to all members of the Philadelphia community, especially those most marginalized. Established on principles of democratic inclusiveness, The Print Center had gender, racial and religiously diverse members and participants from its earliest days. The commitment to inclusiveness continues in all current programs and practices.
A nonprofit since 1922, The Print Center purchased its home in 1927 and has donated almost 2,000 artworks to the Philadelphia Museum of Art through an initiative that began in the 1920s and continues today.
In the 1970s, the mission was expanded to include photography and in 1996 the name was changed to reflect a new, outward focus. In 2000 The Print Center appointed its first full-time curator and mounted IMPRINT, a major citywide public art project. Since then, all of The Print Center's endeavors have been professionally curated, and while we mount the oldest international juried competition in the country (now in its 94th year), the core of our programming is drawn from our understanding of the broader field, comprised of contemporary works technically and conceptually related to printmaking and photography.
POP! The Print Center Annual Benefit Auction
VIP Preview December 3
Emerging Collectors Preview December 4
Public Preview December 5
Champagne Reception and Main Event December 7